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Against the Internet?
Do you hate the Internet sometimes? We hate the Internet sometimes. We wish, in fact, that we could have attended the “Rally Against the…
Do you hate the Internet sometimes? We hate the Internet sometimes. We wish, in fact, that we could have attended the “Rally Against the Internet” that took place Sunday evening, if only to vent our frustration at our low Klout scores, and our frustration at caring (karing?) about our low Klout scores, and so on, ad infinitum. Unfortunately, I am female, and I am not a Hasidic Jew.
This rally, you see, was not so much about the general distastefulness of the Internet, but about the actual immorality of many, many things that the Internet makes available. Porn, basically. Roughly forty thousand — rumored, of course; it’s a bit difficult to tell when you’re not checking in on Foursquare — male Orthodox Jews gathered in Citi Field to discuss the Internet and how to avoid its myriad temptations. The rally, in fact, spilled over into a nearby, 20,000-seat stadium, a testament to the popularity of Web resistance.
Any coverage of the event online, of course, included snarky mentions of the total ubiquity of smartphones and various other digital apparati present. On the subway to Citi Field, notes the Times, “several men wearing the clothing of the ultra-Orthodox whipped out smartphones as soon as the subway emerged from the East River tunnel, poking at email inboxes.” Not to mention the fact that the event itself was broadcast live online to synagogues in the metropolitan area, so that women could see it, too.
And, of course, everything was live-tweeted.
There was a spectrum of Internet-related attitudes present, of course, ranging from the democratic (“Life is more pleasant without it sometimes,” said one man, turning off his phone’s Wi-Fi) to the Homeresque (“The siren song of the Internet entices us!”). To be honest, we agree with both of those statements.
See you later, Internet. We’re going to go guard our eyes.